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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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  • Schwarzenegger to veto historic 'gay marriage' bill

    by Michael Foust, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto an historic bill that would have legalized "gay marriage" in the state, his press secretary said Sept. 7. Read More

  • SBC president Bobby Welch issues spiritual S.O.S.

    by Norm Miller, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

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    Call for help


    "We need people to help us," said Chuck Register, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gulfport, Miss. "We'll send them," Welch replied. Photo by Norm Miller


    GULFPORT, Miss. (BP)--While touring Mississippi's storm-ravaged Gulf Coast, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch called the destruction and devastation left by Hurricane Katrina "the most grievous loss of humanity and the most horrific obliteration of property imaginable in recent history."

          "In fact, you can't even imagine it," said Welch, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. Read More

  • Katrina ‘ground zero’ spans entire nation, SBC launches housing & church initiatives

    by Tim Yarbrough, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

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    Shelter & care


    Medical student Richard Bush examines Nancy Whitehead of Slidell, La., at a shelter for evacuees at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Photo by Norm Miller


    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--“What we are now calling ‘ground zero’ covers the continental United States, as the dispersion of Hurricane Katrina survivors is bringing this disaster to each of our communities,” said Jim Burton, director of volunteer mobilization at the North American Mission Board.

          “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Southern Baptists to rise to the occasion and model our passion for missions to the world.” Read More

  • Bush nominates Roberts as C.J.; Rehnquist remembered

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush Sept. 5 nominated John Roberts to be the nation’s next Supreme Court chief justice, moving quickly to fill the void left by the death of William H. Rehnquist. Read More

  • 30,000-plus Texas volunteers trained to aid Katrina victims

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

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    Prayer in the midst


    Gibbie McMillan, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention missions services coordinator over disaster relief, prays with two New Orleans evacuees at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo by Gary Ledbetter


    HOUSTON (BP)--No one was surprised that Southern Baptists in Texas would come to the aid of Hurricane Katrina victims, but the magnitude of the volunteer response amazed even the most optimistic leaders at Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

    In Houston, a tightly organized operation was set in place to minister to the evacuees headed to the city where, four years earlier, a flood also caused widespread devastated. Thousands of sympathetic Houston-area volunteers were processed quickly, with many of them in place by Sept. 6. Read More

  • Venturing into downtown N.O., Texas volunteers are in the convoy

    by Bonnie Pritchett, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--The efforts of Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief crews could expand significantly as cooperative efforts with the Salvation Army move into New Orleans. Crews made the first of many ventures downtown Sept. 4, distributing sandwiches and water to government and military personnel working in the French Quarter and civilians stranded there. Read More

  • Fred Luter aims for resurrection of congregation in New Orleans

    by Shannon Baker, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, still doesn’t know the status of his church, its members, his home or even his brother, Keith Luter, amid Hurricane Katrina’s tragic aftereffects. Read More

  • Arkansas disaster volunteers housed in Kenner’s city jail

    by Mickey Noah, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    KENNER, La. (BP)--Nearly two dozen Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers from Batesville, Ark., have been living in the Kenner, La., city jail for a week as they provide assistance to a community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Read More

  • FIRST PERSON: What to do when you don't know what to do

    by Robert E. (Bob) Reccord, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--That question has resonated in the heart of every Southern Baptist in recent days. God's people want to jump in to help alleviate the suffering of those who've been traumatized and devastated by the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina.

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  • SBC president sees the tears & devastation on Gulf Coast

    by Norm Miller, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    JACKSON, Miss. (BP)--"What a devastating occurrence, but also a divine opportunity," said Bobby Welch, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, after visiting hurricane-ravaged Mississippi Sept. 1-2. Read More

  • Reccord visits La. relief sites, urges Baptists to 'step up' again

    by Mike Ebert, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In response to the unprecedented destruction by Hurricane Katrina, the Southern Baptist Convention announced Sept. 5 the rollout of two programs to help damaged or destroyed churches recover and to offer assistance to families and individuals who have been displaced by the storm. Read More

  • Seminaries move quickly to share NOBTS’ burden

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Just as Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco called for a day of prayer for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary already was praying for its sister seminary, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as part of Midwestern’s previously scheduled fall Day of Prayer Aug. 31. Read More

  • Prestonwood's Jack Graham joins Baptist Press weekly lineup

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Jack Graham, pastor of the 24,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, joins the Baptist Press columnists' lineup today, Sept. 6. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

    by John Avant, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--We need some good news today, don’t we? We may be facing the worst disaster our nation has ever encountered. Thousands may be dead, and hundreds of thousands homeless, financially ruined and emotionally broken. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Fathers that rock: the solid foundation for families

    by Jack Graham, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2005 (13 years ago)

    PLANO, Texas (BP)--The 19th century political figure Charles Francis Adams kept a diary. On one particular occasion, he wrote: “Went fishing with my son today -- a day wasted.” His son, Brook Adams, also wrote in a diary, which is still in existence today. In the entry he made that same day, Brook wrote: “Went fishing with my father -- the most wonderful day of my life!” Read More